Fuelling prosperity and global security: Why the world needs Canada to unleash its energy resources

Please note that there is a strict dress code at the venue. Full details can be seen below.

Canada is a formidable energy power. We enjoy the status of having the world’s third-largest reserves of oil and we are the fifth-largest producer of natural gas. Despite these advantages, Canada is not able to get our energy exports to global markets, including the Indo-Pacific and Europe.

Canadians understand the importance of natural resources to the national economy. Yet Canadian policy makers and commentators often forget the geo-political significance of our energy supplies.

In the Indo-Pacific, countries like Japan and Taiwan often rely on Middle East exports that must travel through international straits with possible chokepoints, such as Hormuz and Malacca. And, given Iran’s increasingly aggressive behaviour, security concerns over Mideast oil will likely only increase in the years ahead. Meanwhile, our European allies are in danger of becoming dependent on gas supplies from Putin’s Russia – a country that has not been shy about shutting off supplies or inflating prices, overnight and at whim, to affect political and economic change in neighbouring countries.

Canada has an opportunity to be a safe and reliable source of oil and gas for our key friends and allies around the world. By building pipelines and expanding oil and gas exports, Canadians can secure their own prosperity and help their allies overseas.

To shed light on these issues, MLI is hosting a panel event that will bring together leading thinkers to discuss the geopolitics of energy and how Canada can build its energy advantage.

Location: Rideau Club, 99 Bank Street, 15th floor

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020

  • Lunch and registration start at 11:30 am
  • Program begins at 12:00 pm
  • Program concludes at 2:00 pm


  • Lisa Raitt, Vice Chair for Global Investment Banking, CIBC
  • Steve W. Laut, Executive Vice-Chairman, Canadian Natural
  • Jeff Kucharski, adjunct professor at Royal Roads University and author of a forthcoming MLI paper on Canada’s potential contribution to global energy security
  • Ken Coates, MLI Munk Senior Fellow and Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
  • Jonathan Berkshire Miller, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, MLI’s Centre for Advancing Canada’s Interests Abroad

Dress Code: Casual Business Attire

  • a. For men: smart, casual tailored trousers or pants; jacket optional but recommended; shirts with collars and sleeves and turtleneck sweaters.
  • b. For women: smart, casual tailored trouser or pants; skirts; collared shirts; collarless shirts; blouses and sleeveless summer dresses.

The following clothing is not permitted anywhere in the Club:

Faded, torn or worn casual trouser/pant or any trouser/pant that sits below the natural waistline, cargo pants, t-shirt, shorts, sweatshirts, athletic shoes, opened toed shoes for men, casual sandals (ie. flip flops) for women, any apparel with slogans or commercial messages..

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you have any questions, please contact Allison at allison.carrigan@mli.dev.pcomms.ca.

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